SELMA - A 2-3 preseason start for the Selma football team has been unheard of in recent years
In 2016-17, Selma's record was 5-0 and this year’s 2-3 start is not what the team planned for. The Bears ended this year’s preseason with a 57-55 double-overtime loss to Madera High on Sept. 14.
“I told them after the game that was a good team that we played,” Selma head coach Matt Logue said. “If they think about where we were a couple of weeks ago when we couldn’t score a point, we have come a long way.”
The Bears got off to a rocky 0-2 start and were outscored 68-2 in those two losses. Then Selma got back on track with two-straight wins over Sunnyside and Washington Union high schools.
Before the Sunnyside win, Selma brought up sophomore quarterback Joey Ramirez from the junior varsity squad and he was a key player in those two wins. In both of the wins over Sunnyside and Washington Union, Ramirez threw for three touchdowns in each game.
“If we had lost either one of those other two games to Washington Union and Sunnyside, we would’ve been looking at 1-4 or 0-5,” Logue said. “It was huge for us to get those couple of wins.”
The Bears need to win if they want to make their fourth-straight playoff appearance. This season, three of the five teams in the CSL are 4-1 and two of them made Valley championship appearances last year. The three teams that are 4-1 are Dinuba, Central Valley Christian and Kingsburg. Dinuba and Central Valley Christian played in Valley championship games.
Other than Selma, the other two teams in the league - Exeter and Hanford West - are below .500. Exeter is 1-3 and Hanford West is 0-5.
The Bears will open CSL play when the team hosts Hanford West on Sept. 28. Selma will then host Dinuba (Oct. 5), play at Exeter (Oct. 12), host CVC (Oct. 19) and clash with rival Kingsburg on the road on Oct. 26.
“If we don’t win a multiple of those games, then we’re going to be in jeopardy of not making the playoffs, which is something that’ll be new for us” Logue said. “We kind of dug ourselves a hole here going into league being 2-3, but we’re starting to click at the right time.”
Logue pointed out that the league features athletic quarterbacks and his defense will have to be prepared every week.
“I say it every year going into league, our league is always tough,” Logue said. “It’s not going to get any easier. The good thing about the past is we were 5-0 going into league, but we’re not [this year] so we have to find a way to give ourselves a chance to get a decent seed in the playoffs. Then hopefully make a push in the [CIF] DIV playoffs.”
Kickoff between Selma and Hanford West is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Staley Stadium.